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Margot has left the building…

Chef Margot Janse

She joined the restaurant 21 years ago, she trained a team to work in it, created food for it, won awards with it and now it’s time to move on. Margot Janse, executive chef at The Tasting Room and Le Quartier Français, has left and The Tasting Room is closing down. All is not lost for the restaurant space at Le Quartier Français however, as La Colombe will be opening a new restaurant there later this year.

Dalewood Does More Dairy

Dalewood Dairy Products
Dalewood's new dairy products are available from their Cheesery Shop

Like many of us, Dalewood Fromage’s Rob Visser and his team found that they had a bit more time on their hands during lockdown. Unlike many of us, they put that time to good use! The result is the addition of a whole new range of dairy products to their range.

Visitors to the Cheesery Shop on the farm can now also stock up on buttermilk, cream and crème fraiche for their cooking or baking projects. While there they might as well pick up some of the estate’s hand-made, lightly-salted butter and the full-cream stirred Jersey yoghurt. The latter is entirely free of additives, preservatives, thickeners, stabilisers, emulsifiers, milk powder and sugar making it as natural and healthy as can be. For your home-made pizzas and salad the full-cream Feta is just the ticket!

Dalewood’s unique recipe was formulated by Rob Visser who studied Dairy Technology at Elsenburg College. After years of experimenting, time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and countless cheese tastings Dalewood Cheese was launched in 2000.

Dalewood’s single Jersey herd grazes each day on bio-dynamically grown pastures surrounded by vineyards. Because of its focus on regenerative farming Dalewood is able to produce all-natural products with no preservatives, colourants or flavourants and suitable for vegetarians.

The Cheesery Shop™ is open:

Monday – Friday 09h00 – 16h00

Saturdays 09h00 – 15h00

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Due to Covid and the size of our Shop we are unfortunately unable to offer any cheese tastings.

www.dalewood.co.za

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Cangro Business Challenge About To Launch

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to start. Planting starts on 7 October.

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to commence. The participants are lined up – see the list below – and are furiously devising ways to grow the biggest upside down tomato plant. It’s all for a good cause and with the intention of having a good deal of fun too!

On 7 October, 10 volunteer students from Franschhoek High School will be helping to pack all the elements for the challenge at the F1 packing shed.  On the 11th the competition officially begins and deliveries start. Thanks to Tuk-Tuk Franschhoek who’ve volunteered to help deliver packages. Cangro is hoping to have a planting station in town where participants can collect their packages and plant with the Cangro team and other participants. Watch social media for more info on this.

Keep working on those plans, good luck and may the best plant win!

Franschhoek Business Challenge Entrants:

1aa Wilhelmina Luxury Apartments | Abe Opperman Gallery | AMB Supermarket(Pnp) | Anthonij Rupert Wyne | Boschendal Farm School | BP Garage Franschhoek | Du Toit Classique Jewellery | Cape Dutch @ Keerwerder | Cartel Coffee | Chanteclair | Checkers Foods | Chef Ryan Team | Christies Original Designs | Coco Africa | ColCacchio Franschhoek | Country Kids | Debbie Deakins | Delta Colours | Desray | Deux Lions La Bourgogne Farm | Dr Nicholas Els | Eikehof | Elephant and Barrel | Essence | Explorers Club | Expressions Painting Contractors | Flambé Gallery | Franschhoek Country Club | Franschhoek Electrical | Franschhoek High School | Franschhoek Motors | Franschhoek Pharmacy | Franschhoek Physiotherapy Associates | Franschhoek Plumbing | Franschhoek Wine Tram | Fransvliet Estate | Friendly Reception | Gallop Hill | Get Lost Coffee | GlenWood Vineyards | Hamu Hospitality and Tourism Group | Hornbill Group | Hugo broers | Huguenot Fine Chocolates | Kaap Agri | La Bri Wines | La Chataigne | La Cotte Farm | La Fontaine Guest House | La Providence Farm | La Residence | La Roche | Lamara | Laurelin | Le Bon Vivant | Le Cotte gardeners | Le Petit Manoir | Le Petit Paris | Le Poirier | Levant Logistics | Lynx Wines | Magnas Tours | Maison Cabrière | Maison Chablis | Marcelle Richardson | Masquerade | Masterbuilder | Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyards | Myles Agar | NG Kerk | Pam Golding | Paserene Wines | Pepler Alarms | Petit & Grande Plaisir | Plaisir Wine Estate | Plumwood Inn | Ria Pools | Rickety Bridge Winery | Salon la Belle | Salon la Nailz | Seeff Properties | Shofar Christian Church | Smitten | Still Man Distillery | Sue’s Gardens | Th2owel | The Cottage | The Digby Trust | The Franschhoek Beer Company | The Franschhoek Lions Club | Tracey’s Diamonds | True State Management (Pty) Ltd | Tuk Tuk Franschhoek | Tykana Properties | Upscale Project Management | VillaZA | Well Seasoned Hen | Zhero

Change-maker women celebrated at the Proteas of the Valley Event 2019

The Proteas of the Valley women for 2019. Adriana Francke, Anthea Williams, Nontuthuzelo Ginya, Vanessa Adams, Xoliswa Mjezu, Johanessa Viljoen, Corné van Heerden, Marliza Koen, Christalene Newing, Katie van Loggerenberg, Lilly Fortuin, Charlene Elliot, Veronica Gelant, Lizzette Baxter and Vanessa Whatney.

As a grand finale to Valcare’s annual women’s month campaign, a stylish high tea event was hosted at Kronenburg Estate on Tuesday 27 August 2019. The chosen 15 Proteas of the Valley ladies, along with the previous two years’ Proteas and honourable guests from the valley, were spoiled with an afternoon of encouragement, entertainment, delicious eats and special treats.

Art & Soul at Kilima Franschhoek

One of the works by Nanette Ranger that was on display.

Kilima Franschhoek Guest House presented their first “Art & Soul Appreciation Experience” during the Bastille Festival on Saturday, 15 July.

The featured artist, Nanette Ranger’s sculptures were carefully dotted all over the villa garden. Attendees were invited to wander the grounds and experience the works while sipping local wines and nibbling on delightful bites created by Kilima’s multi-talented GM, Alicia Giliomee.

At the appointed hour the attendees gather on the garden terrace to first hear Nanette speak about her art. Then Sareta Schütte (Group CEO of Murchison Holdings Pty Ltd, which includes the Kilima Collection) shared a selection of her personal experiences, poetry and appreciation of the art on display. It is safe to say than no hearts remained untouched by the Art & Soul that was shared with those present.

For more information on Kilima Franschhoek or the next Art & Soul Experience, call 087 153 3929 or email gm@kilimafranschhoek.co.za

#bastilleartandsoul #kilimafranschhoek #franschhoekvalley

Sidwell Yarrow: New La Petite Ferme chef

New La Petite Ferme Chef, Sidwell Yarrow

La Petite Ferme is a Cape Winelands tourism institution. With accommodation, a restaurant and boutique winery it has been offering many a seasoned traveller the complete winelands experience. The secret behind La Petite Ferme’s many successful years is the ability to re-invent itself and keep delivering a relevant and high quality product to each visitor while still keeping its welcoming and heart-warming hospitality at the core.

From Paw Paws and Baobab to Litchi and Titch

Litchi & Titch's Lecia Durham & Debbie Shriekker

A new shop – almost entirely devoted to soft, smooth skin – has recently opened opposite the Franschhoek Town Hall. The Tatler stopped by to find out more.

Litchi and Titch is the brainchild of Lecia Durham with business partner Debbie Schriekker – respectively the Litchi and Titch in the business’ name. Lecia and Debbie both have sales and marketing backgrounds and share a passion for all things natural and environmentally conscious, especially cosmetics. Starting a business to profit from their passion seemed a logical step, so they took it in 2017. Their first product, a paw paw balm, proved an instant success and they soon started adding other products to the range.

Make Safety Part of Your New Year’s Fitness and Training Resolutions

You might be a weekend warrior or even a professional competitor – but whatever your fitness and training goals are for 2021, make sure that safety is part of your resolutions for the new year.

“The start of a new year is a perfect time to focus on shaking off the holiday kilos and shape up for a new you. There are a few basic tips to follow to help make sure that you can focus all your attention on your training without having to worry about criminal elements,” says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication for Fidelity ADT.

Boschendal white wine best in SA

Boschendal’s Appellation Series – Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and ultimately the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC).  Additionally, Boschendal was awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 at the IWC and to add to these impressive awards – it was also announced that Boschendal has garnered Gold at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) for its Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2015.

Celebrating 15 years of physiotherapy in Franschhoek

The Claire Horn Physiotherapy team: Claire Horn, Villene Alderslade, Bronwen Talbot, Tracy Prowse and Alishia Jafthas.

Claire Horn and Associates Physiotherapy is celebrating fifteen years of “Physiotherapy in Franschhoek” this year. We are now 4 physiotherapists – Claire Horn, Villene Alderslade, Bronwen Talbot and Tracy Prowse – and have 3 treatment sites: Franschhoek, Pearl Valley and Bridge House School. Alishia Jafthas, well known to many of you, is our office manager and handles the phone, accounts and all of us!!

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